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Aboriginal origins of opal

Aboriginal origins of opal

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following post contains mention of deceased persons. The Aboriginal origins of opal are part of the Dreamtime stories. There are a number of stories and at least two from the Lightning Ridge region. The one I think resonates the best and which can be verified is from a wonderful wise Aunty (Elder) in Lightning Ridge.  She hailed from the local Kamilaroi people and was much loved in the community. She always had a smile and a laugh at the ready. The dreamtime story of the origins of opal was passed to her and it is repeated in her words below. HOW THE OPAL CAME TO BE A…

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New Website (with better search)

Last year in Tucson I started muttering that it was time for a new website – 15 months later and its finally here! You might ask; “So other than some pretty pictures, what is new and do I care?” Search by weight. You’ve always been able to search by price but now you can search by weight as well. Looking for a sweet little ring stone? Type in 1.50-2.50 carats and the perfect opal for an engagement ring with jump out at you! You can also search by shape and predominant color and unlike the old website, every cut opal is searchable this way (if you find one without all its…

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How to take photos of opal with your smartphone

How successful are you with your smartphone? Have you got the smarts or has it outsmarted you? In just under two minutes Justin from Black Opal Direct will show you how to take photos of opal with your smartphone. In brief Justin simply places the black opal onto white paper. He then turns on the daylight fluorescent light source sets his phone to the zoom function and pushes the button. What he then shows us is a beautiful macro image of a black opal! It really is as ‘simple as ABC’ ! It should be noted that this is an ‘ iPhone 2 ‘  that has been used in this video clip.…

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